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History for East tennis


The Central Bucks East tennis team is heading to the PIAA tournament for what is believed to be the first time in its history. The No. 4 Patriots defeated No. 6 Radnor 3-0 in Tuesday’s play-in match to clinch the fifth and final District One 3A states slot.

CB East swept No. 13 Upper Dublin 5-0 in last Wednesday’s first round before falling to 3-2 to No. 5 Downingtown East in the quarterfinals. The Patriots beat Penncrest 4-1 in a Monday playback.

The Patriots’ top three singles players – Sal Ponamgi, Alan Zhang and Devin Yang – are all freshmen or sophomores. Their No. 1 doubles tandem of Seth Patel (sophomore) and Jerry Cheng (freshman) are also underclassmen. The No. 2 doubles team of senior Aaron Rose and junior Fedir Knyazkov round out the squad.

No. 8 Central Bucks West put up a hard fight, but lost to No. 9 Penncrest 3-2 in the first round. No. 2 Lower Merion swept No. 15 Council Rock North 5-0 in the opening round.

PIAA play begins on May 14 at the Hershey Racquet Club. East will face the District 3 champion; Manheim Township played Dallastown for the crown late Wednesday.

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